The following letter was sent from David Stern, Equal Justice Works Executive Director, to staff in response to the rise in anti-Asian attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant increase in anti-Asian attacks. Hatred, discrimination, and racist violence are not new to the American experience but have no place in the promise of all that America can and should be. The recent attacks in Atlanta resulted in nine shot, eight fatally, six of whom are women of Asian descent.
My thoughts are with the victims and their families, as well as with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. I am also thinking about our Fellows, Alums, supporters, and host organizations in the Atlanta area. As always, I am grateful for our Fellows whose commitment to service and passion help lift up our ideal of equal justice for all. The work of our community gives me hope in distressing times like these.
Equal Justice Works Executive Director